Poker player charged with murder after shooting outside Coon Rapids bar


A man is accused of fatally shooting another man outside a bar in Coon Rapids after they fell out over a game of poker.

Chad Nicholas Nelson, 43, of Ramsey, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder after the shooting early Thursday morning of 29-year-old Rayontra Raydell McCall, outside Willy's Bar on Coon Rapids Boulevard.

According to the criminal charges:

Nelson had been playing in a poker tournament at the bar that McCall, his uncle and his cousin were also competing in.

They had a disagreement that saw McCall's uncle accuse Nelson of cheating, leading to a verbal altercation that was calmed down by bar staff.

The four then confronted each other again outside the bar as they all left, during which McCall's uncle asked Nelson to apologize for his earlier behavior.

Nelson is then said to have got into his Jeep while still exchanging words with McCall and his uncle, that culminated in McCall jumping forward and punching Nelson in the face.

It was at this point, the charges say, Nelson pulled out a firearm and shot McCall multiple times in the chest, before speeding away from the scene.

McCall was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. Nelson was arrested after seeking medical attention at a hospital a few hours after the shooting, according to the complaint.

Nelson is charged with one count of second degree murder by drive-by shooting, and one count of second degree intentional murder.

McCall's uncle, Oscar Haynes, told KSTP he was a regular at the tournament with his son and had decided to bring McCall along this past Wednesday evening.

During the game he said he had noticed Nelson holding back chips. He also claimed Nelson had followed them out when they left.

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